It's an interesting concept, and one that Dawgman.com's own Scott Eklund has used for a few years now: talk to a rival coach about a player or team to get their honest thoughts on the opposition.

Well, Sports Illustrated went a step further: they used anonymous comments from rival coaches to dish on teams expected to be the top ones in college football.

The Washington Huskies were one of the teams profiled, and the anonymous coaches used had some solid insight into the Huskies' offense and defense.

"Quarterback Jake Browning doesn't have a spectacular arm, but what makes him special is his toughness. He is never fazed by the rush—he just stands tall in the pocket and doesn’t get rattled. His numbers declined last season, and there are some who question his upside, but he’s got what it takes to lead a national championship team. ... There’s a lot of talent around him. Running back Myles Gaskin could have gone to the NFL, but he’s back. They need to give him the ball more. In a loss to Stanford, the Huskies stopped giving him the ball late—that just can’t happen. They also need to keep him in the game in passing situations. He’s shown playmaking ability as a receiver out of the backfield and can add an extra dimension; I don’t understand why he had fewer than 20 receptions each of the last two seasons. ...

"The defense reminds me of the Seahawks’ D: They play five defensive backs, and they play three deep on every down. Everyone knows what they’re going to do and they still beat you. They lost their star nosetackle, Vita Vea, to the draft, but this unit is so well-coached I’m not sure that they will miss a beat."

And for Washington fans interested in what rival coaches had to candidly say about Auburn, here it is.

"Auburn under coach Gus Malzahn is the epitome of SEC football: a great combination of power football combined with gadgets and trickery, simple concepts for explosive athletes. Facing Malzahn, you have to prepare for things that he did 10 years ago as an offensive coordinator, because you never know what he’s going to dig up. It actually waters down what you’re doing in a game because you’re spending time covering your bases and chasing ghosts. ...

"There’s still a lot to be desired with quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Facing a rush, his eyes come down: He gets nervous because he doesn’t want to get hit. If you’re bringing pressure—or even if you act like you are—he’s going to see it and it’s going to affect him. People caught onto that at the end of the year. In its Peach Bowl win, UCF did a great job of pressuring him. ... The defense has a chance to be one of the best in the country. It’s very good up front: Middle linebacker Deshaun Davis is the leader of the group and Big Cat [defensive end Markaviest Bryant] really came on toward the end of the season. Even when Stidham and the offense are struggling, the defense will win games for them."